Lifebridge Needs You!

December 14th, 2017

Now that the turkey and stuffing are but memories, it’s time to sign up to help cook and serve dinner at Lifebridge, the homeless shelter in Salem that our church supports. We need 4-6 volunteers to prepare and serve dinner to about 100 clients on the 4th Friday of every month. You would pick up the food and menu/directions at the Emerson Center at 3:30 and return to Topsfield about 7:45. Come with your family and friends! Newcomers are especially welcome and would be paired with seasoned volunteers. It’s a fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity and the clients are so appreciative of our good home cooking. And the best part is that you don’t even have to do the dishes!

If you can help out on any of the following dates or have any questions, please contact Cathy Szymanski (jszymanski8@verizon.net or 978-887-9244) or Sallie Bowling (sbowling@boomchickapop.com or 978-887-1059), co-coordinators.

December 22
January 26
February 23
March 23
April 27
May 25

Thank you in advance for your help with this important church ministry!
Cathy Szymanski on behalf of the Board of Missions and Outreach

Gifts of Love Program Update

December 6th, 2017

“Fulfill the wishes and dreams of local children this Christmas!”

Just 10 more !!!
10 more generous hearts needed to fulfill the wishes and dreams of local children this Christmas.

Our “Gifts of Love” program has 10 children whose gift requests are awaiting a donor.

Select a child on-line via Sign-up Genius link here. Or contact Pam Warren directly to sign-up or obtain further information. The tag for the child you selected will be available in the Fellowship Hall after the Sunday service.

Many thanks to the generous hearts who have already committed to providing gifts for 65 of the children in the program.

The Board of Mission and Outreach sponsors the annual “Gifts of Love” program. Please join us as we participate once again with the MA Department of Children and Families, Haverhill branch in their “Wonderfund” holiday gift collection. The Haverhill office provides services to over 2,000 children in our local communities including; Topsfield,Boxford,Ipswich,Rowley,Georgetown and other neighboring towns.

Please bring the gifts (wrapped and with tag attached), to the “Gifts of Love” Brunch Fellowship on Sunday, December 17th hosted by BOMO and the Board of Children and Families. We will celebrate your generosity and the fantastic Children’s Pageant performances.

A collection bin for Gifts of Love items is located in the church office.
Gifts must be received by Dec. 17th.

Thank you for bringing joy to the children in our community.

Pamela Warren, on behalf of the Board of Mission and Outreach.
Questions always welcomed. Contact Pam at 978.979.0366/ pwarren110@gmail.com

Topsfield Cupboard Update

December 1st, 2017

CCoT hosted the Topsfield Cupboard food pantry this past Saturday and found the following items lacking or in low supply.

Here’s the list of needed items:
Festive season treats!
Coffee filters
Decaf and regular coffee and tea
Granola bars and softer, less nutty bars.
Sweets and cookies for the festive season.
Honey Nut Cheerios Bar.
Liquid soap
Dish soap and sponges
Dried mixed herbs
Aluminum foil
Small and medium ziplock bag
Cling wrap
Laundry soap
Mayonnaise (small)
Note books
13 gal trash bags
Small oil (olive or canola)
Deodorant (men’s and women’s)
Juice (individual)

There was a request as well for Grapenut Cereal. One of our guests really enjoys it but has been unable to afford it. Please note that it would be helpful not to supply items in large containers since the majority of the guests are single households. Plastic containers are also preferable and easier to carry up a flight of stairs.

Please no cans of green beans or dried beans, soup, pasta, glass jars.

We appreciate all the contributions! Thank you!

Nominating Committee Seeking New Members for all CCoT Boards

November 29th, 2017

We Need your Talents

Dear CCoT Members,
The Nominating Committee has been working behind the scenes trying to fill spots on our Boards that help the church run! We’re looking for some new folks to fill in those spots that are open for 2018. We know everyone’s got commitments to family, other organizations, sports, kids, etc. but we also know that serving in church leadership is a great way to get to know people. And we have fun together on every second Wednesday of the month!
We’re seeking new members for all CCoT Boards.

There are five Boards of the church: Board of Deacons, Board of Trustees, Board of Mission & Outreach, Board of Children & Youth, and Board of Community & Communications.  Boards consist of a minimum of 7 and maximum of 12 church members, who are elected at the Annual Meeting for 3 years terms. Boards meet on the second Wednesday of every month except in July and August. For more information about each Board, please see https://www.topsfieldchurch.org/get-involved-2.  The Boards assure that the important work of our church gets done.

All 5 Boards currently have openings, and we’re hoping that you volunteer to join one. The commitment is flexible with regard to your schedule. There are plenty of opportunities on each board to help out when you can. Many hands make light work!

If you are interested in serving on a Board, please contact any of the following folks for more information:

Sheryl Knutsen, Chair, Nominating Committee: shknutsen@comcast.net
Charlie Ames, member, Nominating Committee: cdams2@aol.com
Carolyn Nenart, member, Nominating Committee: calsedu34@gmail.com
Mike Ierardi, Chair, Board of Deacons: deacons@topsfieldchurch.org
Elizabeth Mulholland, Chair, Board of Trustees: trustees@topsfieldchurch.org
Jim Barnes, Chair, Board of Mission and Outreach: missionandoutreach@topsfieldchurch.org
Alison Miller, Chair, Board of Children and Youth: childrenandyouth@topsfieldchurch.org
Susan Warner, Chair, Board of Community and Communications: communityandcommunications@topsfieldchurch.org

December Birthday Listing

November 28th, 2017

Eric Gillberg:     12/03

Gerrie Bunker:     12/05

Jackson, Bridge:     12/07

Jill Wheeler:     12/09

Robert Barrett:     12/10

Charles Wilkinson:     12/11

Sara Renda:      12/12

Chelsey Bergsten:     12/13

Stuart Morrell:     12/13

Jeff Nenart:     12/13

Martin Riekert:     12/13

Bruce Daniels:     12/14

Brandon Read:     12/15

Marlena Voss:     12/17

Michael Miller:     12/19

Pam Warren:     12/20

Daniel Cassiday:     12/21

MJ Riekert:     12/21

Gregor Smith:     12/23

Elizabeth Jelinek:     12/27

Claudia Worth:     12/28

James Bunker:     12/29

Leah Cass:     12/29

Jack Bridge:     12/30

 

Prayer Ministry Listing

November 28th, 2017

Prayer List Contact: Kim Itz at prayerlisting@topsfieldchurch.org or
978-887-6567.

Healing Scripture:  “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick…”  Matthew 14:14

Healing Prayer: Dear Lord, I ask you to turn this weakness into strength, suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort for others. May your servant trust in your goodness and hope in your faithfulness, even in the middle of this suffering. Let him be filled with patience and joy in your presence as he waits for your healing touch.

Please pray for: 

Jillian Roche – Friend of CCOT
Maria Cecilia Guerra – Sister of José Guerra
Jeannine Schmidt – Mom of Beccy Knowles
Karen Burnett – Member of CCOT
Vicki Forte – Friend of Carolyn Detato
Paul Jensen – Brother of Bev Hall
Jessica Sellountos – Daughter of Jackie Cassiday
Don and Joann Moran – Mom and Dad of Dolly McIlvaine
Rose DiTucci – Mom of Paul DiTucci
Steven Jencks – Friend of Fred and Carole Hoover
John Anderson – Nephew of Josh and Louise Rownd
Constanza Roldan – Friend of Irina Gunzel-Guerra
Helen Talberth – Member of CCOT
David Whittaker – Co-worker of Charlie Itz
Ruth Bortzfield- Member of CCOT
Mitchell family- Members of CCOT

 

Women’s Breakfast- sponsored by the Board of Community & Communications

November 22nd, 2017

Edible Still Life
Saturday, December 9th
9 – 11 a.m.
Emerson Center, 9 E. Common St.

Cost: $5
Register by: December 6th

Contact Meg Moran:
978-337-2345 or email
mh.moran@comcast.net

Learn how to turn your holiday buffet table into a beautiful work of art, as cooking instructor Liz Barbour demonstrates how to use found objects, fruits, vegetables, fine china, fresh herbs, and flowers to create a three-dimensional still life for you and your dinner guests to enjoy.

Following Liz’s demonstration she will offer a cooking demonstration of 2 seasonal recipes. The finished recipes, works of art in themselves, will be placed onto the Still Life buffet for all to taste and enjoy. Add in Liz’s easy cooking technique tips and you are on your way to creating great meals you can prepare at home. Light refreshments will be served.

A fun opportunity for learning and fellowship!

Sponsored by the Board of Community & Communications
Congregational Church of Topsfield

Advent and Christmas 2017

November 20th, 2017

The First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 3rd – 9:30 a.m. Worship
Bell Choir performance, Reception of New Members
Meeting house
Following worship come join your church family
for a celebration of Advent with food and fun!
Emerson Center Hall
NEW this year: PICTIONARY! for all ages!
See you there!

The Second Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 10th – 9:30 a.m. Worship
Meeting house

Special coffee fellowship following worship in celebration of Martin’s 60th Birthday

Annual Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 10th – 7:30 p.m.
Meeting house
All are Welcome
Reception to follow Emerson Center hall- Free will donation

The Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 17th – 9:30 a.m. Worship
Children’s Pageant – Meeting house
Gifts of Love Collection -Emerson Center Hall

The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 24th – 9:30 a.m.
Service for Children & Families
Meeting house

Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 24th – 10 p.m.
Meeting house

Gifts of Love Program

November 15th, 2017

Fulfill the wishes and dreams of Local Children this Christmas!

The Board of Mission and Outreach is sponsoring the annual “Gifts of Love” program. Please join us as we participate once again with the MA Department of Children and Families, Haverhill branch in their “Wonderfund” holiday gift collection. The Haverhill office provides services to over 2,000 children in our local communities including; Topsfield,Boxford,Ipswich,Rowley,Georgetown and neighboring towns. The program provides gifts for children in need at Christmastime.

This year we are providing two options for selecting your gifts. Gift tags will have the child’s first name and last initial, age, along with their gift choice and a clothing need and their size.

1) Gift tags are hanging on the Christmas tree in the Emerson Center.
2) Online sign-up via “SIGN-UP GENIUS” available at the link located here. Review the wish list and sign-up
*The gift tag for the child you selected will be available in the Fellowship Hall after our Sunday services. Just look for the box in Christmas wrapping, labeled;

“Gifts of Love” Online sign-up. ** Please note:the gift tags for Online sign-ups WILL NOT be on the tree.
We invite you to bring the gifts (wrapped and with tag attached), to the “Gifts of Love” Brunch Fellowship on Sunday, December 17th hosted by BOMO and the Board of Children and Families. We will celebrate your generosity and the fantastic Children’s Pageant performances.

Please join us in this season of love and hope. Thank you for bringing joy to the children in our community.
Pamela Warren, on behalf of the Board of Mission and Outreach
Questions always welcomed~978.979.0366

CCoT Hosts Community Wide Christmas Concert & Carol Sing

November 15th, 2017

The Congregational Church of Topsfield invites you to attend a Christmas Concert & Carol Sing Sunday, December 10, 2017- 7:30 PM at the Meeting house located at Main & Washington St. at the Topsfield Common. A family event featuring selections by G.F. Handel, J.S. Bach, Gustav Holst, Gretchaninoff and a traditional carols sing-along. CCoT Music Director Joel Schwindt will lead the Chancel and Bell Choirs, along with organist Warren Eartle, and CCoT soloists.
A reception will follow in the Emerson Center Fellowship Hall.
All are welcome – Freewill donation – Reception to follow

Christmas 2011, Congregational Church of Topsfield, Topsfield, MA